A view of the Isle of Iona taken from the FerryApril 25th - 30th, 2024: Orkney Odyssey! A pilgrimage to the standing stones and ancient sites of Orkney, Scotland: ONLY 2 places available! 
May 3rd -11th, 2024: Weaving our Connections: A Walking Awake Pilgrimage to the Isle of Iona, Scotland with Columcille Megalith Park and Kirkridge Retreat Center:  THIS PILGRIMAGE IS NOW SOLD OUT! 

A Walking Awake Pilgrimage to Orkney, Scotland

A Walking Awake Pilgrimage to Orkney, Scotland

An Orkney Odyssey 2024!

April 25th - 30th, 2024

Registration Limited: ONLY places open! 

IMG 9247 The sites we will visit: 

  • Skara Brae: The remarkably well-preserved ruins of a Neolithic village unveiled by a wind storm in 1850 
  • The awe-inspiring Standing Stones of Stenness and the nearby remains of Barnhouse Neolithic Village
  • The unforgettable Ring of Brodgar where we will be able to walk amongst (and touch!) over 30 standing stones
  • The atmospheric chambered burial cairn of Maeshowe
  • The ruins of the Iron Age Broch of Gurness (described as Scotland's best preserved broch village). Here you will have the opportunity to literally step into history as you walk around and through the remains of this long-ago settlement. 
  • A day trip and guided walk through Kirkwall featuring a visit to the Romanesque St. Magnus Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in Scotland, also rich in Viking and Witch history

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Depending on the energy and interest of the group, there may be opportunity for other excursions during our time exploring Orkney, some of which could include: visiting and (if you dare!) crawling into additional small ancient burial chambers, a stop to view Scapa Flow (a deep waterway with defense and war-time history spanning from Viking times to World War II). And, if there is time, there may even be more opportunity to explore other Orkney sites. 


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Cost for this pilgrimage:  

$2,700.00 per person

A $700.00 non-refundable deposit will secure your place NOW. 

Additional payment schedule: 

June 21st, 2023: $750.00 due

September 21st, 2023: $750.00 due 

February 1st, 2024: Balance of $500.00 due (see Walking Awake's T&A for cancelation and late payment details)

Place your deposit or make a payment in full


Whats included: 

  • Private bus return transport from Glasgow International Airport (pick-up/drop off point TBA) to Orkney and around Orkney from Thursday, April 25th - Tuesday, April 30th, 2024 
  • Ferry transport to and from Orkney 
  • 5 nights shared accommodation (two in a room) at Standing Stones Hotel on Orkney
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 5 evening group meals (£40 allowance per person) 
  • Admission to all sites 
  • Guide and Driver fees  


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Throughout our time together, Denise and Nick will offer guided walks and talks amongst the sites and evening group sessions exploring and reflecting on the history, myth, legends of Orkney and apsects of Celtic Spirituality. All will be blended beautifully with Walking Awake's eclectic mix of poetry, song, ceremony, story and simply 'walking awake' in all we do! A more detailed itinerary will be given nearer the event.




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  • Airfare
  • Any travel or accommodation coast prior to or after our pilgrimage  
  • Individual Travel Insurance (required)
  • Lunches 
  • Tips for Driver and Guides 
  • Options not listed as 'included' 
  • Any unforseen additional cost incurrued due to travel delays within our pilgrimage due to weather or transportation disruption

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To reserve your place on this very special pilgrimage:

After reading, fully understanding, and agreeing upon Walking Awake, LLC's Terms of Agreement and Cancelation Policy and upon checking with Denise in regards to availability: Please place your non-refundable deposit or payment via our PayPal link located on the homepage.  






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BESPOKE (Customized) UK and Ireland Journeys!

Walking Awake now offers bespoke (customized specifically for you!) journeys to sites in the UK and Ireland. If you can imagine it, we can create it for you!

NewgrangeHere's how it works: You tell us where you'd like to go and what you'd like to see in Scotland, England, Wales, or Ireland, let us know what your budget is and we will work with you to customize your dream journey. The possibilities are endless! Whether you are called to see castles, standing stones, hill forts, ancient abbeys, churches and chapels, remote isles, tucked away villages, cities, museums, pubs, enjoy birding, distillery tours, hiking, or seaside walks, would like to add in aspects of ritual or poetry, Celtic history, myth, story or anything in between, we can design the perfect journey for you or your group! 

After discussing your vision with you and upon receiving your deposits we will book everything needed for when you arrive: accommodations, site reservations, dinner reservations and more. All you have to do is arrange and book your flights to and from the UK/Ireland. (We can advise) When you arrive we will transport you and guide you on your customized adventure. *Check out our journeys listed on this page for a few ideas but don't let your imagination end there, again, the possibilities are endless! Stonehenge

Whether its a once-in-a-lifetime journey for an individual or couple, a family gathering, group retreat or pilgrimage we look forward to working with you to co-create your journey filled with memories to treasure for years to come.

Prices will vary according to the amount of people, locations, types of accommodation, etc.

You share your vision with us and we will work with you to do all that we can to make it happen. Let's begin your dream journey with a conversation today!  

Contact Denise to explore the endless possibilities for your next adventure! 

Walking Awake will come to YOU!...

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Walking Awake offers a variety of retreats and workshops at various locations throughout the US and UK. We love to travel for book signings, guided walks in nature, workshops, and retreats. For more information contact Denise.

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